Suzanna. In love with a schnauzer named Mimzy. Instagram

TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE/RAPE AGAINST WOMEN/GIRLS

Of all the things that people do in the name of God, killing a girl because she doesn’t bleed on her wedding night is among the most cruel. Yet the hymen – fragile, rarely seen, and pretty pointless – remains an object of worship among many religions and societies around the world, the simulacrum of honor. No matter how much gold ay sell for, a hymen is infinitely more valuable. It is frequently worth more than a human life.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

njwight:

…and this is why it is so fun to find and photograph the American bittern!

cool! I’ve never seen them do that before :P

njwight:

…and this is why it is so fun to find and photograph the American bittern!

cool! I’ve never seen them do that before :P

they’re prowling the neighbourhood howling up their own storm

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Doctors do know that eating disorders, which are involuntary and genetic mental diseases, like depression, schizophrenia, or OCD, follow a pattern. Patients with a certain character trait — “high harm avoidance,” in medical-speak — are more easily upset by puberty or big life events. To get control, they diet. Sounds innocent: Who hasn’t wanted to slim down before a new job or a wedding? But in certain people, weight loss exposes a genetic vulnerability to an eating disorder.

What makes the disorders so hard to treat is their way of turning the body’s normal regulatory mechanisms against themselves. Malnutrition slows the brain’s hormone production, “numbing” intense emotions. So as anorexic patients starve, they feel calmer. Hunger pangs are now a reassurance they won’t get fat. In another twist, the more weight they lose, the fatter they see themselves. It’s not a problem with their vision. The more they starve, the harder it is to keep going — the body wants to eat. So the mind produces motivation in the form of an obese reflection rippling with rolls of fat. The delusion is a rationale for continuing to starve, created by brain chemistry doctors don’t understand.
animalworld:

Preening MANDARIN DUCK (Male) Aix galericulata
Art in Nature Winner   ©Russ Burden, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA
The Mandarin Duck or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan.
Unlike other species of ducks, most Mandarin drakes reunite with the  hens they mated with along with their offsprings after the eggs have  hatched and even share scout duties in watching the ducklings closely. However, even with both parents securing the ducklings, most of them do not survive to adulthood.
Mandarins may form small flocks in winter.
In the eyes of ancient Chinese, Mandarin Ducks form a life-time  couple, unlike many other species of ducks. Hence they are frequently  featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal  affection and fidelity.
A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor: “Two mandarin ducks playing in water.”
The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in  traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity.
Because the male and female plumages of the Mandarin Duck are so unlike, yuan-yang is frequently used colloquially in Cantonese to mean an “odd couple” or “unlikely pair”.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_Duck
Other posts you may like:
Mandarin Duck (portrait)
Warty Muscovy Duck
Group of Mandarins

animalworld:

Preening MANDARIN DUCK (Male)
Aix galericulata

Art in Nature Winner
©Russ Burden, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA

The Mandarin Duck or just Mandarin, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. It is 41–49 cm long with a 65–75 cm wingspan.

Unlike other species of ducks, most Mandarin drakes reunite with the hens they mated with along with their offsprings after the eggs have hatched and even share scout duties in watching the ducklings closely. However, even with both parents securing the ducklings, most of them do not survive to adulthood.

Mandarins may form small flocks in winter.

In the eyes of ancient Chinese, Mandarin Ducks form a life-time couple, unlike many other species of ducks. Hence they are frequently featured in Oriental art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity.

A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor: “Two mandarin ducks playing in water.”

The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity.

Because the male and female plumages of the Mandarin Duck are so unlike, yuan-yang is frequently used colloquially in Cantonese to mean an “odd couple” or “unlikely pair”.

Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_Duck

Other posts you may like:

Mandarin Duck (portrait)

Warty Muscovy Duck

Group of Mandarins

#bird   #animals   #mandarin duck   #duck  

TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE/RAPE AGAINST WOMEN/GIRLS

In short, rape becomes a tool of war in conservative societies precisely because female sexuality is so sacred. Codes of sexual honor, in which women are valued based on their chastity, ostensibly protect women, but in fact they create an environment in which women are systematically dishonored.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

#quote   #book   #excerpt   #war   #rape   #women's rights   #half the sky   #nicholas kristof   #sheryl wudunn  
fyearth:

A sea turtle caught in a net in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico - Ramon Dominguez.

When I was a kid I was writing a children’s book about sea turtles. I need to find that draft and finish it…

fyearth:

A sea turtle caught in a net in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico Ramon Dominguez.

When I was a kid I was writing a children’s book about sea turtles. I need to find that draft and finish it…

#sea turtle   #turtle   #animals   #wildlife   #reptile   #fishing   #net  

canisfamiliaris:

India’s health minister, who (ironically) has no health or medical degree, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has caused an uproar by referring to homosexuality as an unnatural “disease” from the west. Mr Azad was speaking at a conference on HIV and AIDS in Delhi yesterday when he said in a typically sexist manner (ignoring HIV among women):

Unfortunately this disease has come to our country too … where a man has sex with another man, which is completely unnatural and should not happen but does.

Mr. Azad is a politician and a senior leader of Indian National Congress, who, in 1972, received a M.Sc degree in Zoology from Kashmir University. Given that he should understand animal behavior, anatomy and physiology to some degree, he then ought (at least) to know that well-researched incidents of ‘homosexual’ behaviors among animals are quite common.

#india   #homosexuality   #health minister   #proaganda   #dangerous   #disease   #hiv   #aids   #health   #sexism   #educaiton  
burdr:

Ostrich Family

burdr:

Ostrich Family

#ostrich   #animals   #baby animals   #birds   #wildlife  

TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE/RAPE AGAINST WOMEN/GIRLS

In Darfur, it gradually became clear that the Sudanese-sponsored Janjaweed militias were seeking out and gang-raping women of three African tribes, then cutting off their ears or otherwise mutilating them to mark them forever as rape victims. To prevent the outside world from knowing, the Sudanese government punished women who reported rapes or sought medical treatment. When one student, Hawa, was gang-raped and beaten by the Janjaweed outside Kalma camp, her friends carried her to a clinic run by Doctors of the World, an aid group. Two French nurses immediately began caring for her injuries, but several truckloads of police stormed the clinic, pushed aside the French nurses who tried valiantly to rests, and burst in on Hawa. They dragged her out of the clinic and carried her off to prison, where she was chained to a cot by an arm and a leg.

The crime? Fornication, for by seeking treatment she was acknowledging that she had engaged in sex before marriage, and she did not provide the mandatory four adult male Muslim eyewitnesses to prove that it was rape.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

#quote   #book   #excerpt   #darfur   #rape   #sudan   #women's rights   #half the sky   #nicholas kristof   #sheryl wudunn  
fuckyeahbc:

Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam (via flickr)
Riverview is largely closed to the public but if you’ve ever lucked out and gotten into the grounds (as I once did) you’ll know it’s a strangely wonderful combination of creepy and beautiful.
Little known fact: Riverview is the most filmed set location in all of Canada.

fuckyeahbc:

Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam (via flickr)

Riverview is largely closed to the public but if you’ve ever lucked out and gotten into the grounds (as I once did) you’ll know it’s a strangely wonderful combination of creepy and beautiful.

Little known fact: Riverview is the most filmed set location in all of Canada.

#bc   #coquitlam   #hospital   #travel  
just-breezy:

Sandhill cranes  (Grus canadensis)

just-breezy:

Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis)

(via burdr)

#cranes   #birds   #animals   #sandhill crane  

TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE/RAPE AGAINST WOMEN/GIRLS

The world capital of rape is the eastern Congo. Militias consider it risky to engage in firefights with other gunmen, so instead they assault civilians. They discovered that the most cost-effective way to terrorize civilians. They discovered that the most cost-effective way to terrorize civilian populations is to conduct rapes of stunning brutality. Frequently the Congolese militias rape women with sticks or knives or bayonets, or else they fire their guns into the women’s vaginas.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

#quote   #book   #excerpt   #violence   #women's rights   #congo   #rape   #half the sky   #nicholas kristof   #sheryl wudunn  

An older Maori man wearing a business suit with a purple tie has his long hair up and has traditional facial tattoos covering from his temples down.

An older Maori man wearing a business suit with a purple tie has his long hair up and has traditional facial tattoos covering from his temples down.

(via thingssheloves)

#maori   #new zealand   #tattoos  
lustforthemoonlight:

Male Redwing Blackbird Takes On  Bald Eagle…..He (The Blackbird) Won! (by William  Dalton)

lustforthemoonlight:

Male Redwing Blackbird Takes On Bald Eagle…..He (The Blackbird) Won! (by William Dalton)

(via whisperingwillow-deactivated201)

#eagle   #fish   #Red-Winged Blackbird   #animals   #right   #wildlife  

TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE/RAPE AGAINST WOMEN/GIRLS

In almost every conflict, mortality is disproportionately male. But whereas men are the normal victims of war, women have become a weapon of war – meant to be disfigured or tortured to terrorize the rest of the population.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

#quote   #book   #excerpt   #half the sky   #war   #nicholas kristof   #sheryl wudunn  
Night of the Perseids

Night of the Perseids

#meteor shower   #perseids   #perseid   #astronomy   #meteors   #milky way   #galaxy   #science   #stars   #nasa  
jtotheizzoe:

New personal dogma.

jtotheizzoe:

New personal dogma.

(Source: jtotheizzoe, via joshbregy)

#bill nye   #science  
theanimalblog:

Another cub showing the tongue! (by Tambako the Jaguar)

theanimalblog:

Another cub showing the tongue! (by Tambako the Jaguar)

(via theanimalblog)

#lion   #animals   #baby animals   #tongue  
canisfamiliaris:

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower
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canisfamiliaris:

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

(via whaat)

black-wolves:

River Sinuosity (by Aerial Photography)
#nature   #river   #green   #trees  
Granted, health care is deficient in poor countries even for men. Eleven percent of the world’s inhabitants live in the sub-Saharan Africa, and they suffer 24 percent of the world’s disease burden – which is addressed with less than 1 percent of the world’s health care spending. But maternal care is particularly neglected, never receiving adequate funding. For the 2009 fiscal year, President George W. Bush actually proposed an 18 percent cut in USAID spending for maternal and child care to just $370 million, or about $1.20 per American per year.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

theanimalblog:

Reindeer Calf - 20 June 2011 (1) (by *Arctic Fox*)

theanimalblog:

Reindeer Calf - 20 June 2011 (1) (by *Arctic Fox*)

(via theanimalblog)

#reindeer   #calf   #baby animals   #animals  

Fortunately I have an 80 GB classic iPod. Hurrah for not upgrading!

ohmysagan:

The approximate sizes of the planets relative to each other. (The planets are not shown at the appropriate distance from the Sun.)

ohmysagan:

The approximate sizes of the planets relative to each other. (The planets are not shown at the appropriate distance from the Sun.)

(via fuckyeahtheuniverse)

#astronomy   #solar system   #science   #planets   #sun   #star  
Don’t buy the new Pepsi can coming out with pictures of the Empire State building & the Pledge of Allegiance on them. Pepsi Left Out two little words on the pledge, “UNDER GOD”. Pepsi said they didn’t want to offend anyone. So if we don’t buy them they won’t be offended when they don’t receive our money that has the words “In God We Trust” on it. How fast can you repost this?

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willthethird:

bonedust:

Don’t buy the new Pepsi can coming out with pictures of the Empire State building & the Pledge of Allegiance on them. Pepsi Left Out two little words on the pledge, “UNDER GOD”. Pepsi said they didn’t want to offend anyone. So if we don’t buy them they won’t be offended when they don’t receive our money that has the words “In God We Trust” on it. How fast can you repost this?

Did… did someone hack your Tumblr, lovely?

I suppose my disdain and repulsion over this stupidity wasn’t as evident as I had hoped… It’s not my status, I’m just sharing what others are thinking.

America is not one nation under God. It’s a fragmented xenophobic nation whose citizens worship several different gods, and sometimes none at all. So who cares what Pepsi does?

If they were saying ‘instead of spending money on Pepsi, donate it to the humanitarian crisis in Somalia,’ I wouldn’t care. But this is just stupid.

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in my intestinal tract.

And I’m going to a BBQ.

At least it’s outdoors. If I’m going to have hard core flatulence I can just go to the corner of their yard and pretend I’m smelling some flowers. That or stand right next to the grill and hope the smell of cooking carcasses covers up my own stench…

#tmi  

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The equivalent of five jumbo jets’ worth of women die in labor each day, but the issue is almost never covered. … Right now the amount we Americans spend on maternal health is equivalent to less than one twentieth of 1 percent of the amount we spend on our military.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

willthethird:

bonedust:

willthethird:

bonedust:

Don’t buy the new Pepsi can coming out with pictures of the Empire State building & the Pledge of Allegiance on them. Pepsi Left Out two little words on the pledge, “UNDER GOD”. Pepsi said they didn’t want to offend anyone. So if we don’t buy them they won’t be offended when they don’t receive our money that has the words “In God We Trust” on it. How fast can you repost this?

Did… did someone hack your Tumblr, lovely?

I suppose my disdain and repulsion over this stupidity wasn’t as evident as I had hoped… It’s not my status, I’m just sharing what others are thinking.

America is not one nation under God. It’s a fragmented xenophobic nation whose citizens worship several different gods, and sometimes none at all. So who cares what Pepsi does?

If they were saying ‘instead of spending money on Pepsi, donate it to the humanitarian crisis in Somalia,’ I wouldn’t care. But this is just stupid.

I kind of assumed but yeah, it wasn’t apparent, so I got confused. It seemed extremely out of character.

I agree 100%

k phew. glad it was cleared up :P the last thing I want is my friends thinking I give a flying fuck about how Pepsi is offending Christians.

it seems they are forgetting about the separation between church and state in the constitution that they always hide behind…

enough ranting. but if you want to make a stink about something, pick a worthy cause. like climate change.

fuck. now I’m angry again.

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kaitg:

Richard Leakey with an Australopithecus skull and a Homo habilis skull.

is it cool or lame that I know the specimen numbers for those skulls? (and the correct species names I might add…hem hem p boisei & h rudolfensis…)

kaitg:

Richard Leakey with an Australopithecus skull and a Homo habilis skull.

is it cool or lame that I know the specimen numbers for those skulls? (and the correct species names I might add…hem hem p boisei & h rudolfensis…)

(via galdikas-deactivated20121116)

don’t eat a delicious ripe juicy purple plum AFTER changing.

that or always wear black.

#arg  
amnhnyc:

This ancient human footprint from the Laetoli site in Tanzania was made by Australopithecus afarensis approximately 3.6 million years ago. This fossil cast can be seen in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. Photographed by Craig

amnhnyc:

This ancient human footprint from the Laetoli site in Tanzania was made by Australopithecus afarensis approximately 3.6 million years ago. This fossil cast can be seen in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. Photographed by Craig

(via paleontologue)

The World Health Organization estimates that 536,000 women perished in pregnancy or childbirth in 2005, a toll that has barely budged in thirty years. Child mortality has plunged, longevity has increased, but childbirth remains almost as deadly as ever, with one maternal death every minute. Some 99 percent of those deaths occur in poor countries.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

You’re a different human being to everyone you meet.
Chuck Palahniuk, Rant (via therainyresistance)

(Source: quote-book, via deepwithfuture)

landscapelifescape:

Dipsadoboa duchesnei in Akaka, Gabon
(by Emmanuel Van Heygen)

landscapelifescape:

Dipsadoboa duchesnei in Akaka, Gabon

(by Emmanuel Van Heygen)

#snake   #reptile   #animals   #leaves   #plant   #camoflague   #nature  

TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE/RAPE AGAINST WOMEN/GIRLS

The most common mesaure is the maternal mortality ration (MMR). This refers to the number of maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births, although the data collection is usually so poor that the figures are only rough estimates. In Ireland, the safest place in the world to give birth, the MMR is just 1 per 100,000 live births. In the United States, where many more women fall through the crakes, the MMR is 11. In contrast, the average MMR in South Asia (including India and Pakistan) is 490. In sub-Saharan Africa, it is 900, and Sierra Leone has the highest MMR in the world, at 2,100.

While MMR measures the risk during a single pregnancy, women in poor countries undergo many pregnancies. So statisticians also calculate the lifetime risk of dying in childbirth. The highest lifetime risk in the world is in the West African country of Niger, where a girl or women stands a 1-in-7 change of dying in childbirth. Overall in sub-Saharan Africa, the lifetime risk of dying in childbirth is 1 in 22. India disgraces itself, because for all its shiny new high-rises, an Indian woman still has a 1-in-70 chance of dying in childbirth at some point her life. In contrast, in the United States, the lifetime risk is 1 in 4,800; in Italy, it’s 1 in 26,600; and in Ireland a woman has only 1 chance in 47,600 of dying in childbirth.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

isaac-lonetree:

Lily in Two Colors (by russell.tomlin)

isaac-lonetree:

Lily in Two Colors (by russell.tomlin)

#flower   #nature   #plant   #lily  
cwnl:

Supernova 1054 AD

In the year 1054 AD, astronomers in many parts of the world recorded an extraordinary event … the appearance of a brilliant new star in the sky. The starlight was so intense that it could easily be seen in the daytime for over three weeks, with rays seemingly stemming in all directions, and it persisted in the night sky for over two years. Estimates of its brightness range from several times that of Venus to nearly that of the Full Moon. Unknown to these early sky watchers, they had witnessed a supernova … the colossal explosion of a massive star at the end of its life. The star lay over 6,000 light-years from Earth, and the still-expanding cloud of debris can be seen with a telescope today, known as the Crab Nebula. In the pre-dawn hours of July 05 in that year, a slender crescent Moon hung in the sky very close to this spectacle. A Native American Anasazi artist is believed to have captured the striking view by painting the scene on a rock face in the Chaco Canyon of New Mexico, shown here at the lower right.

Copyright: Paul Klauninger (montage); Kenneth Ingham (inset; used with permission)

cwnl:

Supernova 1054 AD

In the year 1054 AD, astronomers in many parts of the world recorded an extraordinary event … the appearance of a brilliant new star in the sky. The starlight was so intense that it could easily be seen in the daytime for over three weeks, with rays seemingly stemming in all directions, and it persisted in the night sky for over two years. Estimates of its brightness range from several times that of Venus to nearly that of the Full Moon. Unknown to these early sky watchers, they had witnessed a supernova … the colossal explosion of a massive star at the end of its life. The star lay over 6,000 light-years from Earth, and the still-expanding cloud of debris can be seen with a telescope today, known as the Crab Nebula. In the pre-dawn hours of July 05 in that year, a slender crescent Moon hung in the sky very close to this spectacle. A Native American Anasazi artist is believed to have captured the striking view by painting the scene on a rock face in the Chaco Canyon of New Mexico, shown here at the lower right.

Copyright: Paul Klauninger (montage); Kenneth Ingham (inset; used with permission)

(Source: afro-dominicano, via fuckyeahtheuniverse)

#astronomy   #history   #supernova  
Unfortunately, maternal health is persistently diminished as a “women’s issue.” Such concerns never gain a place on the mainstream international agenda, and never gain sufficient resources. “Maternal deaths in developing countries are often the ultimate tragic outcome of the cumulative denial of women’s human rights,” noted the journal ‘Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology’. “ Women are not dying because of untreatable diseases. They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

it’s like spreadable Reeses Peices

and vegan, organix, gluten-free, & hfcs-free

so it’s going on everything.

#food   #slobber  

lhommeabsurde:

  1. Shoe Size?
  2. Sexual Orientation?
  3. Do you Smoke?
  4. Do you Drink?
  5. Do you Take Drugs?
  6. Age you get mistaken for?
  7. Have Tattoos?
  8. Want any tattoos?
  9. Got any Piercings?
  10. Want any piercings?
  11. Best friend?
  12. Relationship status?
  13. Biggest turn ons?
  14. Biggest turn offs?
  15. Favorite Movie?
  16. I’ll love you if?
  17. Someone you miss?
  18. Most traumatic experience?
  19. A fact about your personality?
  20. What I hate most about myself?
  21. What I love most about myself?
  22. What I want to be when I get older?
  23. My relationship with my sibling(s)?
  24. My relationship with my parents?
  25. My idea of a perfect date?
  26. My biggest pet peeves?
  27. A description of the girl/boy I like?
  28. A description of the person I dislike the most?
  29. A reason I’ve lied to a friend?
  30. What I hate the most about school?
  31. What my last text message says?
  32. What words upset me the most?
  33. What words make me the best about myself?
  34. A wish that I’ve wished for repeatedly on 11:11?
  35. What I find attractive in boys/girls?
  36. Where I would like to live?
  37. One of my insecurities?
  38. My childhood career choice?
  39. My favorite ice cream?
  40. Who I wish I could be?
  41. Where I want to be right now?
  42. The last thing I ate?
  43. Sexiest person that comes to my mind immediately?
  44. A random fact about anything.
  45. Height.

Doing this to kill some time. Have at it.

What he said.

(via oiseauxnoirs-deactivated2012050)

canisfamiliaris:

Francois Robert has created a series of powerful artworks made out of real human bones to remind people about the consequences of personal, military, economic, political and religious violence.
(via designoclock)

canisfamiliaris:

Francois Robert has created a series of powerful artworks made out of real human bones to remind people about the consequences of personal, military, economic, political and religious violence.

(via designoclock)

(Source: calebaffleck)

#war   #art   #bones   #francois robert